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Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD at Stockholm’s SAAB Top 10. © 2018 Pelle Wedenmark/dressage-news.com

By PELLE WEDENMARK

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 2, 2018–Isabell Werth recaptured the world No. 1 ranking with Weihegold OLD when the Olympic team gold medal and reigning World Cup partnership won the Saab Top 10 CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday. Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Delaunay OLD posted a new personal best score to place second at the event he created.

Isabell and the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare scored 89.775 per cent in the Freestyle that with the winning Grand Prix result of 82.783 per cent on Saturday earned the rider €72,800/US$82,400 from the total purse of almost a quarter million Euros/US$275,000, the richest single dressage competition in the world.

The scores gave the pair 2,742 points to move them to No. 1 from second place, swapping ranking spots with Laura Graves and Verdades, the first American combination ever to stand at the top of the global rankings.

Sweden’s three-time Olympian Patrik Kittel and Delaunay OLD set a personal best, 85.875 per cent to be runnerup.  The score included four marks of 10 for the degree of difficulty of the musical performance.

The 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding he owns along with Carol and Andrew Oatley, the family of his wife, Australian Olympian Lyndal Oatley.

Patrik Kittel and Delaunay OLD at Stockholm Top 10. © 2018 Pelle Wedenmark/dressage-news.com

World Equestrian Games gold medal German team mate Dorothee Schneider and Sammy Davis Jr. posted a personal best 84.725 per cent to place third. The previous best for Dorothee and the 12-year-old German Sport Horse gelding was 83.415 per cent set at Salzburg, Austria a year ago.

German Olympian Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH, 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Americans Louise Leatherdale and Susanne Meyer, were fourth on 83.495 per cent.

Laura Graves and Verdades took over the rankings lead in September, the first American ever to be at the top of the world rankings, and held the position ahead of Isabell and Weihegold in October. Laura of the Orlando community of Geneva in Florida will drop to second place. The pair did not compete here after leading the United States to World Equestrian Games team silver and capturing individual silver at Tryon.

Isabell is the most decorated equestrian in Olympic history with 10 medals. On Weihegold, she was top of the world for 23 months through to the end of September.

Now she will again be No. 1 with Laura No. 2.

Isabell and her favorite, Bella Rose, moves up to No. 3 in a remarkable recovery in the past five months after the mare was out of competition for 3 1/2 years, and on Emilio will be No. 4. Isabell and Emilio won the debut of this event in 2017.

Isabell and the mare on which she took team gold and individual silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and claimed all three golds at the 2017 European Championships 300 miles/470km away in Gothenburg where she plans to return next April to defend the 2017 and 2018 World Cup titles she won on Weihegold.

Results:

CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges–E: Mariette Sanders-Van Gansewinkel-NED H: Yuri Romanov-RUS C: Annette Fransen Iacobaeus-SWE M: Isobel Wessels-GBR B: Magnus Ringmark-SWE

Rank Rider H.No Horse               Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B Total
1 48 Weihegold Old Mare / OLDBG / Black / 2005 / Blue Hors Don Schufro x Sandro Hit / Bastian, Inge / Arns-Krogmann, Christine 84.000 93.600 88.800          1 84.000     94.600 89.300       1 84.750    96.200  90.475     1 85.500 95.400 90.450 1 84.500 95.200 89.850 1 84.550    95.000   89.775
2 42 Delaunay Old Gelding / OLDBG / Bay / 2006 / Dr Doolittle 45 x Feinbrand / Brinkhus, Ulrich / Patrik Kittel & Carol U Andrew Oatley 77.000 91.000 84.000        4 82.500     93.000  87.750         2 80.750     91.000   85.875     2 82.500 92.000 87.250 2 79.000 90.000 84.500 2 80.350    91.400   85.875
3 46 Sammy Davis Jr.              Gelding / DSP / Black / 2006 / San Remo x Wenckstern / Volkert, Hans & Heidi / Herbert, Matthias 78.750 91.200  84.975         2 79.750     91.600   85.675       3 76.500 90.000  83.250       4 80.750 90.200 85.475 3 78.500 90.000 84.250 3 78.850    90.600   84.725
4 43 Damsey Frh Stallion / HANN / Bay / 2002 / Dressage Royal x Ritual / Hengsthaltung Kothe / Leatherdale, Louise & Meyer, Susanne 80.500 88.600 84.550        3 80.000  87.000   83.500      4 79.500 86.400 82.950     5 80.250 86.600 83.425 4 78.500 87.600 83.050 5 79.750     87.240   83.495
5 47 Don Auriello Gelding / HANN / Bay / 2002 / Don Davidoff x White Star / Poppe Joachim / Lövsta Stuteri / Antonia Ax:Son Johnson 74.250  89.600 81.925          5 75.250     84.600   79.925       6 78.500 91.600 85.050    3 77.000 89.600 83.300 5 78.000 88.800 83.400 4 76.600   88.840  82.720
6 44 Dante Weltino Old             Stallion / OLDBG / Black / 2007 / Danone 4 x Welt Hit II / Bahls, Olaf / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilshagen 74.500  85.800 80.150         7 77.250     87.000   82.125        5 77.000 87.000 82.000    6 73.750 83.400 78.575 8 75.500 86.600 81.050 6 75.600    85.960  80.780
7 40 Blue Hors Don Olymbrio Stallion / KWPN / Chestnut / 2008 / Jazz x Olympic Ferro / / Blue Hors 76.750  84.800 80.775         6 76.500     80.400   78.450         7 73.500 81.600 77.550     8 80.000 86.200 83.100 6 77.000 83.800 80.400 7 76.750    83.360  80.055
8 49 Cennin Stallion / KWPN / Chestnut / 2007 / Vivaldi x Donnerhall / J.E J. Cuppen, Someren / N.F. Witte & J.E.J. Cuppen 76.500 83.600 80.050        8 74.000   80.000   77.000      9 73.500 79.800 76.650     9 78.000 83.600 80.800 7 74.000 81.600 77.800 8 75.200     81.720   78.460
9 45 Wall Street JV           Gelding / / Fuchs / 2007 / Wie Weltmeyer x Starway / / La Pomme Hb 71.750 77.600 74.675       10 75.250       81.600  78.425       8 75.750 83.400 79.575      7 73.250 77.000 75.125 10 72.250 79.200 75.725 9 73.650     79.760   76.705
10 41 Glock’s Zonik N.O.P.   Stallion / DWB / Dark Bay / 2008 / Blue Hors Zack x Romanov / Linette Jaeger, Avlum / Glock Hpc Nl 74.500 80.800 77.650          9 75.000   78.600 76.800    10 71.750 80.000 75.875   10 75.750 79.800 77.775 9 70.750 78.400 74.575 10 73.550 79.520  76.535

Source: Dressage News

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